Ai Wei Wei Weekend

Originally posted December 19, 2016.

One of my favorite contemporary artists is Ai Wei Wei and he currently has 4 shows in New York right now so Jeff and I decided to make a day of it.

Ai Wei Wei is from Beijing and his art often has a very political message.  His focus now is on the Syrian Refugee Crisis.  What I noticed in this series of shows compared to what I have seen before is he designed wall paper for most of the galleries.  My favorite wall paper  was one that had greek influences.

My favorite show of his that we saw was called “Laundromat”.

The gallery was filled with clothes that had been left behind by refugees after being evicted from the Indomeni camp.

The floor was covered in headlines about the refugee crisis and the walls were covered with photos during Ai Wei Wei’s visit.

Along with the Ai We Wei shows we popped into some other galleries.  One was a Picasso and Calder show. I really like this piece.

And another gallery had a show called “Artists and Lovers”.  Which means I got to see the works of Frida Kahlo.  Another favorite of mine.

On the way to the galleries we actually got to see an art display in the Union Square subway station.  It was a wall of sticky notes started by artist Matthew Chavez and it is called “Subway Therapy”.  It began after the elections results came in and allowed frustrated New Yorkers to express themselves.

So far I have had two of my painting classes at the natural history museum.   The first class was better than I expected, and I had high expectations.  I was expecting to go there and just paint awesome things but the instructors were great and gave you a lot of instruction.  I started a painting of a crane.  I have a ways to go before I finish it but will show you all my paintings from each class when the class is over.

The second class they wanted us to do two small paintings.  Most of the students flat out refused to do this saying, “I can’t even finish one.” That made me feel better because I am one of those people.  But trying to take everything I can from this class I decided to divide my canvas into two sections and zoom in on two separate areas from the same landscape.  I probably need some pictures to explain what I mean but of course I did not even finish the first section.  Pictures later. Lots of painting ahead of me! What fun though!